They just didn't call it the State of the Union, I guess because he just took office and it's February, not January, or something. So here's your Presidential Address recap post. For past SOTU posts, you can go here, here and especially here. (That last here represents my first SOTU post, my favorite of them and quite possibly my favorite post I've written.)
This year, I didn't watch it alone for once. Holly and I watched it together and we decided to make it interesting. In the form of a drinking game, wherein we would drink every time President Obama said "economy".
By our estimation, he said it 25 and a half times. That half comes from the one time when we weren't entirely sure whether he said it or not, so we took a half-swig for just in case. It turns out that 25.5 drinks is roughly equal to two bottles of beer. Which is a nice buzz for a weeknight. And can inspire an email exchange such as this:
Me: Thanks, Barack, for my Monday night buzz.
Katie: Uh, you know it's Tuesday, right?
Me: I did not.
It can also make it a little dizzying, the way that the stripes on the President's tie get all flickery and dance around a little on camera. Good thing we, unlike Congress, were allowed to remain seated throughout.
Let's continue the (literal) color commentary for a moment, shall we? Nancy Pelosi seems to have snagged the elusive olive green Snuggie to wear to the chamber tonight. I wouldn't have thought it would be so chilly. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, was wearing the very same shade of fuschia that I am wearing. I was happy to see that she went with black dress pants with hers, as opposed to my choice of blue yoga pants with a hole in the leg and which are supposed to be capris but are on me really just high-water pants. While terribly comfy, they hardly seem appropriate to a presidential address.
Holly's objection to Vice President Joe Biden is that his eyes are too small. To which I responded, "THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH BEING SQUINTY". Defensive? Perhaps. Just be thankful that you can smile and appear to have eyes at the same time and leave Joe and me alone, ok?
The major disappointment of the speech came early on for me, when President Obama said "...not because I believe in big government; I dont." Wait, what? I feel deceived. If Obama isn't our socialist overlord, then when do they arrive?
The biggest applause line here at our house was "responsibility for our children's education must begin at home". YES, President Obama, it must. Or it should anyway. I also really enjoyed the line about how we must not "yield to the politics of the moment". And of course, we enjoyed the bit about job security for teachers.
We weren't the only ones who were really happy with certain sections. The cut-away shot from the line about eliminating no-bid contracts in Iraq caused me to exclaim, "The old white men liked that!" Fifteen out of fifteen old white men in this camera shot agree!
The whole war section felt a little long to us and we were forced to suggest to President Obama that he get back to talking about the economy. Our beers were getting warm. What was left of them by then anyway. He brought it back to the economy though, before the end, and we were finished drinking in time for the Republican response.
Honestly, here's all I have for you from Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindall's speech: he kept saying "Americans can do anything" and other variations on who exactly "can do anything". Every single time he said it, I heard Right, Barbie? in my head after. I don't think that was probably the Governor's intention. Looks like my brain is more likely to fire off an advertising slogan than register an inspiration sentiment. Raise your hand if you're surprised.
That concludes this year's State of the Union(ish) recap. Good night and God bless America.